St. Maarten is known in the aviation community as one of the best plane viewing locales in the world. Watching landing jets scream just feet overhead while you wade in the Caribbean’s warm turquoise water is just about as good as it gets. Takeoffs are usually a different story, but when the winds are just right, some equally as crazy low-flying moments can be had, as seen in the video below.

Even the reverse shot/departure angle on this video is awesome!

Usually, departures occur in the opposite direction, toward the cliffs, so videos like this are somewhat rare. Especially when you get an Maddog (MD-80) that appears to use almost every foot of Princess Juliana International’s 7,500 foot runway!

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